Healthy Acadia & Community Partners Offer Free ‘Tai Chi for Better Balance’

Posted Aug. 16, 2013, at 12:42 p.m.
Last modified March 10, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.

Monday, March 10, 2014 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Meadow View Retirement Community, 25 Tweedy Lane, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: Healthy Acadia, Nina Zeldin; 207-288-5331;

What: Six-month free class to learn how to reduce the fear and risk of falling

Where: Meadow View Retirement Community (25 Tweedy Lane, Ellsworth)

Dates & Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30am to 11:30am, from September 9, 2013, through March 10, 2014 (There will be no classes held during the weeks of November 25, December 23, and December 30).

Healthy Acadia is offering a free, six-month “Tai Chi for Better Balance” class beginning in September and continuing into March, in partnership with Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Friends in Action and the Meadow View Retirement Community. The class will meet twice a week for one hour on Mondays and Wednesdays in Ellsworth, offering participants an opportunity to learn how to improve their strength and balance and reduce their fear and risk of falling.

“Partnering with Healthy Acadia in order to offer this program to seniors is in keeping with one of Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s main goals, which is to improve the well-being of the aging population in an effort to help them live well and age well,” said Lisa Dunning, coordinator of Health Programs at Eastern Area Agency on Aging.

Throughout the six-month course, participants will be introduced to exercises that promote movement control through the integration of mind and body. Research indicates that practicing these mind-body exercises increases flexibility, muscle strength and coordination, thus reducing the risk and fear of falling. In addition, practicing “Tai Chi for Better Balance” increases confidence, further promoting health and well-being.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this fun and rewarding course to the community,” stated Nina Zeldin, Healthy Acadia’s Program Associate, who will be teaching the six-month class. “The slow, continuous movements are relaxing, and at the same time they are effective in helping to improve mobility, coordination, balance, and strength.”

To enroll in this class, for more information on “Tai Chi for Better Balance” or other opportunities offered by Healthy Acadia, or to volunteer with Healthy Acadia, please contact Nina Zeldin at 288-5331 or

“We are excited to be supporting this important opportunity,” said Jo Cooper, Executive Director of Friends in Action. “Any senior, including those who use mobility assistance devices such as wheelchairs and walkers, can benefit from taking this course. Balance and falls prevention is key to independence as we age.”

The series is coordinated by Healthy Acadia’s Healthful Services Initiative, in partnership with Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA), Friends in Action, and the Meadow View Retirement Community. EAAA is also implementing “Tai Chi for Better Balance” classes in Penobscot County.